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Opposition Report: Oxford United

A Brief Look At The Yellows

30 January 2020

Blackpool travel south to the Kassam Stadium on Saturday, to take on Oxford United in Sky Bet League One.

Oxford have been applauded for their brand of scintillating football over recent months and as such are the third highest goal scorers in League One this season.

The Yellows lie in eighth position in the league table heading into Saturday’s match – four points off of the play-off picture. They’ve had a tricky run of late, having not won a league game in the whole of January. Their last victory in the league came on 29 December with a narrow 2-1 victory at AFC Wimbledon.

Last Three Results:

  • 25/1/20 – Newcastle United 0-0 Oxford United – FA Cup
  • 18/1/20 – Gillingham 1-1 Oxford United – League One
  • 14/1/20 – Oxford United 0-0 Ipswich Town – League One

The Manager: Karl Robinson

Despite being only 39 year of age, Karl Robinson has already amassed over 500 games as a manager in the Football League to become one of the most experienced coaches in the EFL.

Starting his managerial career at MK Dons in 2010, Robinson guided the Dons to promotion to the Championship for the first time in their history in 2015. His six year spell at Stadium MK ended in 2016, before a two year stint in charge at Charlton Athletic. He signed with Oxford United in March 2018, just hours after leaving the Valley.

Since his appointment at the Kassam Stadium, Robinson has guided Oxford to cup ties against the likes of Manchester City and Newcastle United, with the club also in the midst of a fight for promotion this season.

Star Man: James Henry

Henry signed for Oxford in 2017 and has gone on to make over 100 appearances for the Yellows. He is the club’s top scorer so far this season with 11 goals to his name, as well as providing his team mates with the most number of assists.

An experienced player, the 30-year-old has played for the likes of Millwall, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Bolton Wanderers before his move to the Kassam Stadium three years ago.


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